Herbal Remedies

By Dr. Totenkopf | July 20, 2016

Herbs/Natural Remedies

You should weigh all pros & cons of herbal remedies before starting to take them. You should be aware of consequences of their interaction with other medications. Mind the conditions which can be contraindications for using certain natural remedies for psoriasis: mood disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnancy, breastfeeding. In case of any bad effect the psoriasis natural treatment should be stopped at once. The most common herbs used as remedies for psoriasis/ psoriatic arthritis are presented below.

Aloe Vera

For treating psoriasis aloe plant gel is embrocated into the affected area thrice a day. According to research the 0.5% aloe medication can decrease psoriasis associated scaling and skin redness. There is no significant evidence of tablet aloe effectiveness, on the contrary, this form is considered harmful for health.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Based on time-proved disinfectant effect, this remedy can significantly reduce scalp itch caused by psoriasis. Natural apple cider vinegar bought in the local grocery store should be applied to patient’s scalp every second/third day until a sustained therapeutic benefit is achieved, which is typically in a few weeks. According to some evidence a burning sensation can be avoided with the help of vinegar & water solution in one-to-one ratio. Other patients state that they managed to prevent irritation by rinsing the skin after applying this medication. Avoid using this means in the event your scalp has any kind of lesion, especially open wounds, as vinegar will increase skin irritation and burning sensation.

Capsaicin

This is a chili pepper ingredient which makes it hot. Used as a cream or ointment component, capsaicin is effective for transmitting pain due to its capability to block endings of nerves. According to Freiburg Medical Centre researchers capsaicin-based cream may reduce psoriasis associated scaling, inflammation, redness and pain. However assessing its safety and long-term effect require more profound research. Some patients complain of having a burning sensation after applying capsaicin containing cream or ointment.

Dead Sea Salts

Some improvement of patient’s health condition is observed after his/her taking a warm bath filled with Dead Sea salts. Soaking in the bath tub for fifteen minutes can facilitate scale removal and reduce itching provided appropriate skin moisturizer is used.

Oats

Oats are widely known for their skin soothing benefit and therefore are widely used by people in the paste form or as bath component for relieving psoriasis symptoms, namely skin redness and itching. However official medicine lacks grounded evidence of this therapy’s effectiveness.

Tea tree oil

Produced from an Australia originated plant leaves, tea tree oils are considered essential oils for psoriasis. Praising their antiseptic properties people suffering from psoriasis apply them to the damaged skin area. Tea tree oil-containing shampoos are considered helpful for alleviating scalp psoriasis symptoms. However, there isn’t any scientifically proved evidence of this treatment. Doctors warn allergy-prone patients against applying tea tree (melaleuca) oil-based remedy.

Turmeric

Turmeric herb attracts researchers’ attention by its antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties. Its active ingredient’s (curcumin) ability to influence gene expression, in particular, TNF cytokine one (proved by the IUBMB organization in 2012) is especially valued. Consequently, turmeric is popular with patients who strive to reduce psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis symptoms.
Turmeric can be taken either in pills or as a supplement to food by those keen on curries. Although the safe turmeric dose is officially considered to be 1.5 – 3.0 grams a naturopathic practitioner’s consultancy is recommended for determining a particular patient’s dosage.

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